Showcase 2021 Winner: Melissa Fraser

“Palm Trees Morphed into a Nature Mandala," Moloka'i, Hawai'i, Showcase 2021 Judges’ Choice, Altered Reality © Melissa Fraser.
“Palm Trees Morphed into a Nature Mandala,” Moloka’i, Hawai’i, Showcase 2021 Judges’ Choice, Altered Reality © Melissa Fraser.

Artist’s statement

I have recently been learning more about meditation and am fascinated by the many ways one can choose to meditate. One ancient form of meditation is to focus on a mandala image. Mandalas, or circles, are a sacred form of meditation that allows the individual to focus on the image and in clinical trials has been shown to promote healthy living. With this image, I tried to combine an image of nature, which is naturally calming to me, with the idea of mandala art. This image reminds me of a warm tropical sunset with the color, trees, and circular motion. When looking at it, I can almost feel the warm sun, hear the waves and feel the salty air on my face, and it sends me into a relaxed state.

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